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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Phineas is losing hind leg function, just as his brother Shiloh did several weeks ago. Shiloh's was sudden though, and Phineas's is gradual. Also his seems to be explained by the tumor that's developed on the base of his spine. I made the decision not to have it removed. I think he is too old and the vet agreed with me that it would be extremely risky. So I'm just going to see how it progresses and make sure that he stays comfortable. He still seems really happy and has some use of his back legs left. Poor old man. Another boy not doing so well.

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I'm very sorry to hear about your boy. He knows he's loved! Your in our thoughts.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I hope he's not in pain or uncomfortable. One thing I've noticed is that he has trouble grooming and gets very upset about it. He will fall over and flail around trying to get to certain parts. He can no longer get his back feet into his ears and sometimes falls over and cries while trying to do so. I've been trying to help him every day, brushing/cleaning his back where he can't reach and also cleaning his ears with Q-Tips. It seems to help and I think he likes it since he licks me the whole time I'm grooming him.

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